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  • Bob Oldham
    Tips 4 leaving car parked 4 extended period? (No piggybacking. Please remove the post you are replying to. -Moderator? Leaving the gas tank full will help
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      Tips 4 leaving car parked 4 extended period?

      (No piggybacking. Please remove the post you are replying to.
      -Moderator?

      Leaving the gas tank full will help avoid the problem of condensation
      accumulating in it and messing up the gas line and carburetor or fuel
      injection system.

      No need to worry about the oil, though if it's due for a change getting
      that done before parking it will remove most of the sludge that would
      otherwise settle to the bottom and be harder to remove on the next change.

      Don't set the hand brake, chock the wheels on both sides of at least one
      wheel so the car can't roll.

      Some device in the car could drain the battery, so disconnecting it will
      prevent that. On the other hand you'll lose your clock's memory as well as
      the radio presets and other similar things that are maintained by battery
      power. The car computer doesn't need it, though. A trickle charger will
      keep the battery up over that period if you aren't shutting off house
      power.

      Enjoy your trip!

      Bob Oldham
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